Author / Brittny Alys


So Long Sweet Summer


I have been reflecting on what a wonderful summer it has been since the weather has been changing into the autumn season. What sweet summer memories…
June we went to Portofino, the pearl of the Mediterranean, for a weekend. It is the most famous harbor in Italy known for it’s elegance, yachts and for being a popular celebrity vacation spot. (Elizabeth Taylor to just name one!) 


Viva Toscana

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Every season of the year there is different beauty to be appreciated but I especially love the summer months here in Tuscany because the town seems to come alive with the sunflowers blooming, the mediterranean sea reflecting the golden sun, the vineyards producing grapes and all types of colorful flowers popping up in places unexpected. Summer is the season for outdoor concerts, bbq picnics, beach days and lazy afternoons.

Postcards From The Concrete Jungle

Last September we embarked on a two month journey in New York City. E would work in the mornings and sometimes had business meetings to attend, but for the most part we were there together enjoying all the big apple had to offer. This wasn’t our first time in New York City for either of us, especially E because he goes often for the wine business, but it was our first time staying for such a long period.



We booked a beautiful, modern apartment off of in Nolita. Small, of course, like most places in NYC unless you are a billionaire, but the size of the apartment didn’t matter to us because we were out exploring the city each day. The area was perfect because it was North of Houston street – (fun fact; not pronounced like the city in Texas), East of SoHo, South of NoHo, West of the lower East side and North of Little Italy. The area was not over populated with tourists and far from Times Square, which was exactly what we wanted. We wanted to emerge ourselves into the true culture of Manhattan.

Salmon Salad with Pickled Red Onions & Zesty Dressing


What a summer it has been, end of July we went to Mexico and had a wonderful time. It was E’s first time going and my fifth time, so I was so happy to enjoy it with Elia this time. We went deep sea fishing, snorkeled, laid around the pool, drank margaritas and enjoyed the Mexican beaches. I love Mexican cuisine when done right and I had a great time introducing E to what a real taco tastes like and relaxed with our friends, margartitas in hand. We had an absolute blast with our friends, a vacation never to be forgotten.

Fusilli freddi alle verdure



One could say I’m easily amused but there are many things that I see and learn everyday living under the Tuscan sun that make my heart sing. The grey doves that travel in pairs and chirp a beautiful song together. The wild poppies growing alongside an abandoned villa. The group of men who sit outside the cafe every evening looking out to the road together. The elderly lady who lives across the way who is outside feeding her chickens or hanging her sheets outside to dry. It seems as though I’m living in a picture book at times.

All you need is love …. and frittatas


Sitting here listening to the Beatles having an espresso after lunch and I’m feeling really guilty I haven’t posted on here in months. I have no excuse except for the fact I can sometimes be a perfectionist and pick at all the things I think I should fix until I just don’t do it anymore. This ends today! I have been making several delicious meals and I promise they will make their way on here.

Bruschetta Italiana



April showers brings May flowers, right? I hope so. Over here we have been experiencing very indecisive weather lately, Sunday was warm and beautiful and today it’s cold and grey. I thought I moved away from indecisive weather when I left Portland, did it follow me here?

Cheesecake con pomodoro al profumo di arancia

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Ciao everyone! I am back here to tell you all how well the event went Friday. The morning was busy making all eight cheesecakes, six small for the judges and two large ones for the guests who will arrive after the judging takes place. It was such a wonderful day watching the rest of the finalist prepare their dolci and meeting everyone. It was an honor to be a finalist and I still can’t believe how lucky I was to be involved in such an important event. There were journalists, photographers and not to mention the guest of honor, Loretta Fanella. Loretta is a well known pastry chef here in Italy who has worked with the Italian Master Chef, Carlo Cracco, who is a judge on Master Chef Italia and a very highly rated chef in Europe.

Dolce Pomodoro – In Cucina con il Coure


I don’t know what it is, but pretty much everyone I know here since I moved seems to appreciate great quality food. I’m not talking about those expensive restaurant critic-type people either. Quality of food is valued highly here whether you are at that rundown building that turned rustic restaurant serving fresh carne on the grill, or a nice seafood ristorante on the sea. Moving here has taught me so much about food and how much quality and freshness is absolutely number one no matter where you are. Using produce that is in season and that is organically grown makes a huge difference. That’s what makes Italian cuisine so special.

Risotto zucchine e gamberetti


This morning I am sitting here with my cup of tea while E sleeps away his jet lag from his two week business trip to the United States. As I walked down the street to go get some fresh bread from the panificio it seemed as if it would be another beautiful Spring day again. I don’t want to jinx it, but I think Spring is here to stay and I couldn’t be happier. As my succulents and cactus sun bath outside I decided I should start to think about what I will prepare for lunch. First thought was risotto. Risotto! “Why on earth have I not yet posted a recipe for risotto on my blog yet?!”, I thought.